Meet the team supporting and driving Endeavor.
Endeavor’s Senior Management Team has over 200 years of combined experience, having developed over 18 GW of power and natural gas-related infrastructure projects globally; the team has collectively been involved in over $40 billion worth of projects over their careers.
Mr. Sean T. Long, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor Energy Holdings LLC, has over 25 years and over $15 billion worth of development, acquisition, construction, financing, and management experience in energy infrastructure and renewables industries broadly around the World. Endeavor Energy, considered one of the leading power development and generation companies in Africa, is a U.S.-headquartered, privately-owned company dedicated to acquiring and developing power generation facilities in Africa.
Since it was founded in 2013, Sean has led Endeavor’s growth from 4 team members and no assets to five years later where Endeavor has under construction (once fully built) $1.6 billion, over 670MW of power generation assets with over $3.9 billion, ~2,250MW of power generation projects under development. In 2020, Endeavor has nearly 200 full time team members and approximately $1 billion of total assets.
Sean is former Senior Vice President and head of Enron Corp’s business activities in Africa, a Fortune 10 company at the time. Whilst at Enron, Sean lead the successful development of Nigeria’s first IPP in 1999, a $150 million, 300MW gas-fired power project, which delivered power in Nigeria for 20 years. Sean also was involved in the development of the $400 million, 865km Pande Gas Pipeline Project until it was sold to Sasol. The pipeline still delivers natural gas to South Africa today.
Sean has served on various private company boards and executive management committees, including that of Endeavor and its various subsidiaries. Sean also sits on the board of the Business Council for International Understanding, a not-for-profit group designed to improved business relationships between US companies doing business outside of the United States, as well as, Wake Forest University’s PAC which is a committee designed to help Wake Forest raise capital for and improve its athletic program.
Sean also served as an Officer in the United States Army as a Captain. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering (a specialty electrical engineering degree) from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987 and later earned his Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law in 1993. Mr. Long is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York since 1993.
Mr. Wade Cline, General Counsel of Endeavor Energy, has over 25 years of experience in executive management, legal, and operational roles. Much of that work has focused on energy infrastructure projects, both in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Cline has been involved in over $10 billion in financing and M&A transactions that have successfully closed.
Prior to joining Endeavor, Mr. Cline served as General Counsel and head of Construction for an energy project development company with projects in the U.S. and Mexico. Earlier, Mr. Cline served in numerous roles at Enron Corp. From 1992 until 1999, Mr. Cline served in various legal roles, focused on developing, financing, construction and operations of energy projects primarily in emerging markets.
From 1999 through 2001, Mr. Cline was the Chief Operating Officer and later, Chief Executive Officer, of Enron India, which oversaw the construction and operation of a phased 2,200 MW power project with LNG receiving terminal. In this role, Mr. Cline represented the Owner overseeing a construction operation with over 15,000 construction contractors on site. From 2002 through 2009, Mr. Cline served on the executive team at Enron Corp. responsible for the liquidation of all the assets of the company, including serving as Managing Director and General Counsel.
Mr. Cline earned his Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Business Administration from Tulane University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana College.
Ms. Alaa Alessa, Chief Investment Officer for Endeavor Energy Holdings LLC, offers more than 15 years of experience in finance, structuring and investment management to her role with Endeavor.
Alessa has advised on over $2 billion worth of asset valuation, structuring, divestment, acquisition, development and financing portfolios worldwide.
Prior to her tenure with Endeavor, Ms. Alessa worked at Exodus Energy, Kedge Capital Services and Nomura.
Ms. Alessa graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and has a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operation Research from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Business, with a focus on Financial Management.
Mr. Amadou Ba, Managing Director – Business Development for Endeavor Energy, has over 20 years of experience in international business development and financial analysis. He has been involved in business activities in Africa since 1989 and has developed various infrastructure projects totaling more than $1B, mainly in the energy and construction sector.
As co-founder of ABA Holdings and affiliates, a development and advisory group that focuses on energy and construction in Africa Mr. Ba has been involved in several investment initiatives both for the public and private sectors. Most recently, he advised ministerial government officials in West Africa on key energy decisions. Prior to that, he served as Director at Enron in Houston, TX, and was Senior Partner at Octide, France where he closed financing on a US$ 110 Million project for Cote d’Ivoire.
Mr. Ba, an MBA (Dean’s honor List) from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, was registered with FINRA as an Investment Advisor with Morgan Stanley. He holds a series 7, General Securities License, and a series 66 Uniform Combined State Law License. He further holds a post-graduate degree (with honors) in Finance and Project Management from the University of Caen in France (1989). His undergraduate studies focused on Civil and Design Engineering at sub-regional technical school Ecole Polytechnique de Thies in Sénégal where he graduated with honors in 1988.
Mr. Steve Jernigan, Managing Director – Business Development of Endeavor Energy, is a senior executive with almost 20 years of experience in international strategic business development, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and financial planning and analysis, primarily in energy infrastructure.
Most recently, Mr. Jernigan served as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Development for Biomass Energy Resources, an early-stage renewable fuels company that, through its proprietary technology, manufactures a solid biofuel for use in the coal-fired power generation industry.
Prior to that, Mr. Jernigan was a Managing Director with FTI Consulting, one of the world’s leading global advisory firms, where he advised clients with business restructurings, turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to FTI, Mr. Jernigan served as Vice President of Business Development for AEI, a $5 billion company that owned and operated essential energy infrastructure businesses in emerging markets worldwide and was created in part through the acquisition of Prisma Energy International (“Prisma”) from the Enron estate in 2006. Mr. Jernigan spent nearly 10 years combined with AEI, Prisma and Enron International where he had a variety of leadership roles in finance, business and project development, commercial management of Asia-Pacific power generation assets, and mergers and acquisitions where he led the successful completion of more than $1 billion worth of acquisition, financing, divestiture and debt restructuring transactions.
Mr. Jernigan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant
Mr. Reginald N France – Managing Director, Endeavor Energy, is a senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in the financial, infrastructure, capital markets, and operations management sectors. Mr. France is currently the General Manager of Endeavor’s two power plants in Ghana, Twin City Energy and Bridge Power and sits on the board of directors for all of Endeavor’s companies in Ghana.
Mr. France is an SEC-licensed investment representative and is the President of the Ghana Securities Industry Association. He also serves as a director on the following boards: Ghana Stock Exchange, Ghana Alternative Market, UT Life Insurance Company and Secure Pensions Trust Limited. Mr. France is also the Founder and former Managing Director of Boulders Advisors Limited (BAL), a specialized consulting firm headquartered in Ghana, providing a full range of investment banking advisory services to business entities, government, and public sector institutions in Africa.
Mr. France is a graduate of the Executive Program of Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. He received his B.B.A. (Accounting) from Bernard Baruch College, New York.